A very young Newcastle Reserves side beat Wolves 2-1 tonight away at the New Bucks Head.
Paddy McLaughlin scores first goal after just 8 minutes
Newcastle fielded a very young side tonight, although Shane Ferguson played and he was one iof the top stars of Newcastle”s amazing 4-3 win at Chelsea last week, with James Tavernier and Ryan Donaldson also having played for the first team.
Current reserve goalkeeper Ole Soderberg, who has been on the bench since Steve Harper was injured, got a run out to keep him match fit in case he is called upon for the first team in the event of Tim Krul being injured.
Newcastle went ahead in the first half after only 8 minutes when Paddy McLaughlin, the Northern Ireland midfielder, hit the ball home from the edge of the penalty area for a good goal.
The game was fairly even but Newcastle got more and more on top as half time approached and it was 1-0 at the break.
Then on 75 minutes Wolves drew level, and it was a good finish from substitute Spray, who fired the ball low and hard past goalkeeper Soderberg from just inside the box.
But within a matter of seconds, Newcastle were ahead again, when there was a terrible mix-up in the Wolves defense, and Amble-born Phil Airey pounced upon the ball and put it into the goal through the goalkeeper’s legs.
The game was cut and thrust after that goal, as both sides had chances to score, but Newcastle held on for an excellent win tonight.
However, the game was marred right at the end when Wolves’ Matthew Doherty suffered what appeared to be a serious injury and he was stretchered off – and we have to hope the injury is not as serious as it looked as play was held up for several minutes as Matthew was given attention.
We estimate the average of the starting Newcastle 11 tonight to be just under 19 years of age.
Wolves: Aaron McCarey, Matthew Doherty, Jelle Van Damme, Dan Batth, Nenad Milijas, Sam Winnall, Nathan Rooney, Jake Cassidy, Ashley Hemmings, Geoffrey Mujangi Bia.
Subs: James Spray, Dan East, Scott Malone, Jamie Reckord, Ethan Ebanks Landell.
Newcastle: Ole Soderberg, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Greg McDermott, Jeff Henderson, Paul Dummett, Ryan Donaldson, Patrick McLaughlin, Phil Airey, Joan Edmundsson, Sammy Ameobi.
Subs: Stevie Folan, Jak Alnwick, Michael Richardson, Conor Newton, Yven Moyo.